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Raiders News

Raiders offensive depth chart: Skill positions need a big boost | NBCS Bay Area
In Year 2 of the Jon Gruden era, the Raiders need vast upgrades on their offense to move forward.

5 free agent wide receivers the Raiders should consider signing
5 free agent wide receivers the Raiders should consider signing in free agency

Same day reports Raiders last two former Offensive Coordinators not returning to their 2018 teams - Silver And Black Pride
The Raiders have had three offensive coordinators the past six years. And as of right now, the only one who is sure to be employed by an NFL team in 2019 is Greg Olson — their once and current OC.

Special doors, roof to give Las Vegas Raiders stadium outdoor feel | Las Vegas Review-Journal
There’s no doubt in Don Webb’s mind where the most popular photo op will be in the new Las Vegas stadium.

2019 NFL mock draft: Who Raiders might take with No. 27 pick | NBCS Bay Area
With the Cowboys and Eagles losing this past weekend, the Raiders now know their last pick of the first round will be at No. 27. Here's what a few mock drafts are saying about that spot.

The Raiders need to bring back Jared Cook
Despite playing at the age of 31, Cook reached career highs in receptions (68), yards (896), and touchdowns (six).

AFC West

Rod Smith spits truth on the Denver Broncos - Mile High Report
The Ring of Fame receiver was on 1st & 10 @ 10 on Thursday and it’s a must listen for fans.

Denver Broncos Drafts: Seeking a Quarterback - Mile High Report
With quarterback weighing heavily on Broncos Country’s thoughts in the 1st round, let’s add some historical context.

How many of the 13 unrestricted free agents will the Chargers sign?
The Chargers will be faced with some challenging decisions coming up. They have 13 unrestricted free agents. Most fans would like to sign the majority of them to the roster. At what cost? That's the real question. That's where it gets tricky. Let's go through five names on the list.

Chargers plan to start contract talks with Philip Rivers – ProFootballTalk
Philip Rivers, 37, has said he wants to play a handful more seasons. However long the quarterback plays, the Chargers want to ensure Rivers plays for them. Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said Thursday the team plans to begin conversations this offseason with Rivers about a new deal.

Chiefs unexpectedly had to re-sod field for AFC title game after 10 inches of snow last week - CBSSports.com
Last week's Colts vs. Chiefs game was played in the snow

PFF names Chiefs RT Mitch Schwartz its offensive lineman of the year - Arrowhead Pride
Schwartz is the best (and most consistent) offensive lineman in the league.

NFL News

The N.F.L.’s Obesity Scourge - The New York Times
The effects of head trauma have gotten much of the attention, but huge weight gains have also damaged N.F.L. retirees.

An early look at the top 32 NFL draft-eligible college football players taking the field in 2019 - CBSSports.com
It's never too early to take a look at college football's burgeoning stars

The Game-Changing Women of the N.F.L. - The New York Times
Sarah Thomas became the first woman to officiate an N.F.L. playoff game last weekend — making her one of a few women who have broken new ground in football.

Biggest looming 2019 free-agent decisions for all 32 NFL teams
Could Clay Matthews move on from Green Bay? Will the Texans bring back Tyrann Mathieu? Here are the questions facing every team.